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Take Time for Action
Take Time for Action: Investigating Students' Thinking about Functional Relationships

Zhixia You 

December 2007, Volume 13, Issue 5, Page 312

Abstract:

The results of several students approaches to comparing linear and non-linear functions. Students solve a problem about different patio patterns built with stone and brick. Teachers are invited to "take time for action" and investigate students' thinking on this task.

Take Time for Action promotes the idea of ‘Action Research’ by teachers in their middle level classrooms and to disseminate ideas appropriate for middle level students used by teacher educators with pre-service teachers. Submissions by classroom teachers include representative problems, activities, or tasks used in their studies and to reflect on the student thinking, problem solving strategies, mathematics pedagogy, etc. that those tasks elicit. Take Time for Action is a regular department of Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School.

Keywords:
Article
Grades 6-8
Math Coordinator / Coach
Linearity
Teacher
Modeling
Quadratics
Problems
Problem Solving / Problem Posing
Student Work